Summer holidays: Top five destinations

We know how you feel: you need a holiday. Summer is fast approaching, beckoning you to make some plans, here are some of the best options.

With your brains bursting from either uni or A-level swot, and your budget practically nonexistent, we have five great ideas for a super summer. Whether you want to leave the UK as far behind as possible or savour the delights that our fair shores have to offer, there should be something to inspire you.

Pembrokeshire, Wales

Originality?

People have been surfing in this area for years now, so why not think about starting your very own annual road trip get-away? Perfect!

Ease of arrival/departure?

Although the easiest way of navigating the coast is with your own vehicle, there are bus routes that travel between the beaches, with ample storage for your surfboards.



When shall I go?



Head to the Pembrokeshire National Park from June to August for highest temperatures and the lowest rainfall, although keep in mind that the weather is always changeable!



Cool factor?



A solid 8 out of 10.



Will it keep me busy?



The aim of this holiday is to chill out and hang on the beach so yes, in a manner of speaking!





BERLIN, GERMANY



Originality?



There are hundreds of crazy and wonderful things to discover in this city.



Ease of arrival/departure?



Easyjet fly daily from airports all over the UK, and Berlin airport has cheap and simple connections into the city centre.



When shall I go?

Enjoy the makeshift outdoor clubs and beach bars along the River Spree, which appear between May and September.



Cool factor



This place definitely has “it”: 9 out of 10.



Will it keep me busy?



The nightlife in Berlin is a major plus, but don’t forget to check out the culture too!

www.visitberlin.de







AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS



Originality?



Score extra points for environmental friendliness, what with the city’s preference for bicycles over cars.



Ease of arrival/departure?



Set out from St Pancras International Station in London and within five-and-a-half hours you’ll be there.



When shall I go?



Tourism peaks in July and August.



Cool factor



This city rates pretty highly in the cool stakes: 8 out of 10.





Will it keep me busy?



Stroll the markets, cruise the canal loop or have a peep at the Van Gogh Museum before you hit the clubs.

www.eurostar.com





EXIT FESTIVAL, SERBIA



Originality?



Skip the expensive, mud-infested UK festivals with a £72, four-day festival pass for this excellent festival, but be warned: it’s very popular, so get your tickets early.



Ease of arrival/departure?



Exit isn’t the easiest of holiday destinations to get to, but neither is it impossible. Head to the Exit website for detailed and helpful information.



When shall I go?



10-13 July ideally, otherwise you won’t see much…



Cool factor?

Exit is the height of cool this summer: a storming 10 out of 10.



Will it keep me busy?



So far, the confirmed acts are: Billy Idol, Beastie Boys, Franz Ferdinand, Fatboy Slim, Morrissey, Groove Armada, Massive Attack, Snoop Dogg, The Prodigy, Scissor Sisters, Underworld and The White Stripes. Will that do for starters?

www.exitfest.org





HIGHLANDS, SCOTLAND



Originality?



Depends – the higher up you decide to go, the fewer people are likely to join you!



Ease of arrival/departure?



From Glasgow or Edinburgh you can connect with coach or train transfers into the Highlands.



When shall I go?



With temperature highs of 19 degrees celsius in summer, don’t go expecting to get a tan. Also, be warned that

midges and tourists converge on this area between late June and August.



Cool factor?

This holiday is great for active types or those who want to try something new: 8 out of 10.



Will it keep me busy?

Most hikes involve around five hours walking per day, so when you’re not eating to keep your energy levels up you’ll probably be asleep!

http://walking.visitscotland.com

  • Get to the point
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
iJobs Job Widget
iJobs Student

SThree: Trainee Recruitment Consultant

£20000 - £25000 per annum + OTE £45K: SThree: At SThree, we like to be differe...

Guru Careers: Graduate Account Executive / Digital Account Executive

£20k + Benefits: Guru Careers: We are seeking a Graduate Digital Account Exec ...

SThree: Graduate Recruitment Resourcer

£20000 - £22500 per annum + OTE £30K: SThree: SThree Group have been well esta...

SThree: Trainee Recruitment Consultant

£18000 - £23000 per annum + OTE £45K: SThree: At SThree, we like to be differe...

Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Day In a Page

'It was first time I had ever tasted chocolate. I kept a piece, and when Amsterdam was liberated, I gave it to the first Allied soldier I saw'

Bread from heaven

Dutch survivors thank RAF for World War II drop that saved millions
Britain will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power - Labour

How 'the Axe' helped Labour

UK will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power
Rare and exclusive video shows the horrific price paid by activists for challenging the rule of jihadist extremists in Syria

The price to be paid for challenging the rule of extremists

A revolution now 'consuming its own children'
Welcome to the world of Megagames

Welcome to the world of Megagames

300 players take part in Watch the Skies! board game in London
'Nymphomaniac' actress reveals what it was really like to star in one of the most explicit films ever

Charlotte Gainsbourg on 'Nymphomaniac'

Starring in one of the most explicit films ever
Robert Fisk in Abu Dhabi: The Emirates' out-of-sight migrant workers helping to build the dream projects of its rulers

Robert Fisk in Abu Dhabi

The Emirates' out-of-sight migrant workers helping to build the dream projects of its rulers
Vince Cable interview: Charging fees for employment tribunals was 'a very bad move'

Vince Cable exclusive interview

Charging fees for employment tribunals was 'a very bad move'
Iwan Rheon interview: Game of Thrones star returns to his Welsh roots to record debut album

Iwan Rheon is returning to his Welsh roots

Rheon is best known for his role as the Bastard of Bolton. It's gruelling playing a sadistic torturer, he tells Craig McLean, but it hasn't stopped him recording an album of Welsh psychedelia
Russell Brand's interview with Ed Miliband has got everyone talking about The Trews

Everyone is talking about The Trews

Russell Brand's 'true news' videos attract millions of viewers. But today's 'Milibrand' interview introduced his resolutely amateurish style to a whole new crowd
Morne Hardenberg interview: Cameraman for BBC's upcoming show Shark on filming the ocean's most dangerous predator

It's time for my close-up

Meet the man who films great whites for a living
Increasing numbers of homeless people in America keep their mobile phones on the streets

Homeless people keep mobile phones

A homeless person with a smartphone is a common sight in the US. And that's creating a network where the 'hobo' community can share information - and fight stigma - like never before
'Queer saint' Peter Watson left his mark on British culture by bankrolling artworld giants

'Queer saint' who bankrolled artworld giants

British culture owes a huge debt to Peter Watson, says Michael Prodger
Pushkin Prizes: Unusual exchange programme aims to bring countries together through culture

Pushkin Prizes brings countries together

Ten Scottish schoolchildren and their Russian peers attended a creative writing workshop in the Highlands this week
14 best kids' hoodies

14 best kids' hoodies

Don't get caught out by that wind on the beach. Zip them up in a lightweight top to see them through summer to autumn
Robert Fisk in Abu Dhabi: The acceptable face of the Emirates

The acceptable face of the Emirates

Has Abu Dhabi found a way to blend petrodollars with principles, asks Robert Fisk